Holy (Marijuana) Smokes! Christian Hatemonger Pat Robertson Questions Harsh Pot Laws
Christian fundamentalist televangelist Pat Robertson is not exactly known for his progressive views. The influential and widely revered host of the long-running religious TV program “700 Club” has called Islam a “religion of hate” and declared that the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Haiti this January was “a blessing in disguise“. He has also opined that the Haitian people brought the death and devastation upon themselves because they were “cursed” after making a “pact with the devil.”
But the usually despicable Robertson has raised more than a few eyebrows with his recent decidedly progressive comments in which he questions America’s harsh marijuana laws.
“We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes,” he said on his show, lamenting long prison sentences for people who’ve “taken a couple of puffs of marijuana.”
While pro-legalization groups like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) may have read too much into Robertson’s comments, the televangelist says he does not support legalization.
“I’m not exactly for the use of drugs,” he said. Robertson wisely noted that the criminalization of small amounts of marijuana is “costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.”
Robertson said that mandatory drug sentences are promoted by political candidates who want to prove that they’re tough on crime and that faith-based programs to treat drug and alcohol addiction are a better solution than prison terms.
While Pat Robertson is far more likely to appear on Moral Low Ground as our ‘Douche du Jour,’ this time around we’re giving him a pat on the back and some good press to boot. With a million daily viewers, it’s entirely possible that some in his faithful flock may now re-examine their views on marijuana use. And that’s nothing to blow smoke at.